Volume 20, No. 1
Fostering Arts-Rich Schools
Advocates have long fought for equity in arts learning, making the case for arts as core and not “special” curriculum. These cries were heard when the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) gave states the opportunity to expand student access to quality instruction in the visual and performing arts. This issue of the State Education Standard gives state policymakers good reasons to pay attention to the depth and breadth of instruction their schools offer in music, drama, theater, dance, and media arts—all key components of students’ well-rounded education.
Arts integration shows promise for school readiness, emotion regulation, and stress reduction in the youngest, most vulnerable students.
Instructional practices rooted in action and reflection could transform how all disciplines build students' competencies.
Arizona leverages partnerships, ESSA funding, and a diploma seal to bolster equitable access to arts learning.
Six communities follow Chicago's lead in developing arts education census data and maps.
Several states are using ESSA to increase access and quality in arts instruction.
Arts educators bring creativity and process expertise to their work on statewide accountability.
If research is to inform state policy, important gaps in research should be filled.